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Old 09-28-2015, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default I want to polish a stainless 1911...

So for my next 1911 I want that high polished look.

I decided that stainless will be the best finish for me, but most of the 1911s I want don't have the polished look.

I'm wondering how much it would cost to send it out get that done..

Or is it something I can do myself? If so, how hard is it and what is everything I'd need?
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Old 09-28-2015, 09:05 PM   #2
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I would try rubbing a few coats of Renaissance Wax. It's not a real wax. Google it. Works great to shine up blue guns. Don't gob it on.
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I have seen a video about someone polishing a Ruger 1911. I thought about doing it. But I later realized that polished guns show every little scratch and fingerprint. But it can be done with rubbing compound and then polishing compound. It looked beautiful on the video. But I believe it would be seriously high maintenance.
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The only way to "polish" metal is to put finer and finer scratches in it. I have polished more than my share of aluminum, which is pretty easy to polish. Stainless on the other had is a pain in the a$$ to polish due to the metal having tight pores so to speak. I'm not saying you aren't capable, but it is a real pin to polish stainless without the proper wheels, and rouges.
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On stainless steel i would rub flitz
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Don't know what it would cost to send it out but can be done yourself with elbow grease and sandpaper. Start with 400 and work to 1,200 or so depending on how shiny you want it. When you do the flats make sure you lay it on a flat surface to avoid a wavy look on the slide. How much do you want to do? Do your own and save lots of money.
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Finger prints don't show with Ren Wax. How it shines SS I don't know. Info is available on any gun forum. Use search.
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This is the polish I used
I want to polish a stainless 1911... - 1911 Forum
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Wax doesn't polish metal.
What you have to do depends on the original finish on the metal.
Most satin finished stainless guns are at about 400 grit finish. Rubbing Flitz on a 400 grit finsh will give you a slightly shiny 400 grit finish. To polish, you would have to sand with 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000 grit before any hand polish will give you a decent mirror finish.
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Default I want to polish a stainless 1911...

Like I said finer and finer scratches
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